If your home is on the market this holiday season, you may be torn on whether or not to decorate for Christmas. And if you do break out the holiday decorations, how much is too much?
As with most things in life, a bit of deep thought and common sense can really come in handy during this most festive time of the year.
A good activity to practice is to put yourself in a potential buyer’s shoes. What types of properties would you feel most comfortable visiting during December, if you were the one searching for a new home in the coastal region?
It’s certainly a good time to remember and take to heart the old adage of doing “everything in moderation.”
So don’t hide from the holidays by any stretch of the imagination. But there are also many things you may want to consider doing, or more importantly not doing, if you hope to attract a buyer during the month of December.
Tip # 1 – Clean, Clean, Clean
Before you even consider putting up any Christmas decorations, make sure your home is clean and tidy from top to bottom. If you don’t clean up the clutter, then all your holiday decorations are going to do is add to what is already a lasting problem.
So get out the cleaning supplies and get to work, and then you can begin staging your home for the holidays.
Tip # 2 – Go With The Flow
Consider what color scheme your home is before deciding on what decorations you want to add for the holidays. If your walls are a bright yellow, for example, then adding a lot of red and green decorations could be a bit much.
Just make sure that the decorations you’re putting up don’t clash with the rest of your home. Doing so could be a turnoff for potential buyers.
Tip # 3 – Tone Down The Lights
Sure, the kids may miss the traditional Santa on the roof, the giant inflatable Frosty the Snowman on the lawn and the usual huge light display. But keep in mind that it’s only for one Christmas season and those things can all make a return once you’ve moved to your new place.
Instead, use some toned down lights that shine your home in a positive light. White colored lights are always good, as they’ll bring attention to your property without being overbearing or tacky.
Tip # 4 – Ease Up On The Religious Decorations
While your home is for sale, you may want to ease up a bit on decorations that have the potential of alienating a certain percentage of your potential buyers.
Now we’re not telling you to rid your home of any religious symbols, but try not to overdo it with things like a life-size nativity display on the lawn or overly religious sayings that are hard to miss.
We realize this can be a bit of a touchy subject, especially during the Christmas season. We get that!
But if your main goal is to sell your home, you want to be careful about things that could be off-putting to some potential buyers.
Tip # 5 – Pay Extra Attention To Your Tree
If you’re going the live tree route, be sure to select a tree that complements your living space. A tree that is either too big or too small is going to seem a bit out of place.
You’ll also want to pay special attention to the ornaments that you’re hanging on the tree. Keep your ornaments and your lights as classy as possible, using things like gold and silver balls, silver tinsel and maybe even some icicle lights.
And if you have a child or children that would be extra upset if you didn’t put their homemade ornament on the tree, not to worry. Just either remove them during showings or place then a little further in the back where they’re not so visible to potential buyers.
For more tips on staging your home for the holidays, or any time of the year, give the Oldfather Group a ring today at 302-260-2000. We’d love to get to know you and learn how we can satisfy your real estate needs here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.